Dispatches from the Aspen Ideas Festival/Spotlight Health
Search-engine architects must decide when their creations should act as a kind of expert and when they should neutrally direct people to what they are seeking.
The executive producer of Masterpiece says Jane Austen works a lot better on screen than Hemingway does.
Brian Grazer has some rules for success. He hasn’t always followed them.
The justice has redefined how the Supreme Court interprets statutes, a former Acting Solicitor General of the United States says.
Be kind, show understanding, do good—but, some scientists say, don’t try to feel others’ pain.
Can churches and synagogues and mosques draw in more Millennials by changing their teachings on gay marriage and other issues?
What would the pontiff say about feelings of religious persecution on the political right?
The mathematician John Allen Paulos marvels at his field’s counterintuitive proofs. Yet his earliest intellectual thrill was the discovery that numeracy could empower even a child.
The Disney CEO and the Oscar-winning actress compare notes on Hollywood.
Advocate Jim Steyer remembers what first sparked his desire to create an advocacy group for young people.
The retired general and former CIA director holds forth on the Middle East.
The Chicago mayor just announced $200 million in school budget cuts and 1,400 staff lay-offs. What’s his plan for saving the Windy City’s public-education system?
“I’m not a vegetarian because I love animals. I’m a vegetarian because I hate plants.”
The attorneys David Boies and Theodore Olson say new rules about political spending have most affected state and local elections. What does that mean for democracy?
A University of Wisconsin professor suggests that mindfulness might be one way to reduce police violence.
When billionaires Tom Steyer, a climate-change activist, and David Koch, a confirmed skeptic, met for the first time, they found a basis for conversation.
The ex-commissioner, who blames minority communities for tension between police and civilians, also wants cops to try out body cameras.
The White House is pushing a new initiative to keep young men of color out of prison and improve their outcomes. But what about young women?
Two writers with experience teaching at elite colleges perceive an epidemic of conditional love that is damaging the ability of students to lead happy lives.
One of the president's closest advisors defends him against the charge that he has held back when addressing the subject.
A new poll reveals that although Americans think obstacles to advancement are more severe than ever, they still believe hard work can overcome them.
A joint program hosted by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic